A new online business capability register will boost local opportunities for Goldfields-Esperance businesses by connecting them with the region’s mining companies and major suppliers.
Premier Mark McGowan announced the launch of the G.E (Goldfields-Esperance) Business Register at Diggers and Dealers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today.
The register, a joint initiative between the McGowan Government and local business and industry groups, will give mining companies, their major suppliers and State Government agencies more streamlined access to small to medium regional enterprises.
It will also showcase business capabilities and promote more business interaction and local procurement for products and services.
The register is a collaboration between Goldfields-Esperance mining companies, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission, the WA Government’s Regional Local Content Initiative and Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The Goldfields-Esperance region supports more than 30,000 jobs and has an annual economic output in excess of $20 billion.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“The G.E Business Register will create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers.
“There are many high-quality and innovative service providers within our State and it is more important than ever to promote opportunities for these businesses, as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a prime example of the Goldfields-Esperance mining and business community coming together with the State Government to support an initiative that will benefit many local regional small and medium businesses.”
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Discussions with the mining sector have found many mining companies are not fully aware of the number of small to medium enterprises in the region or their capabilities and how to connect with them.
“This register helps overcome this challenge and ensures our region’s mining and mining services sector has easier access to local businesses and the breadth of products and services on offer.”
As stated by Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia CEO Paul Everingham:
“Small and medium-sized businesses are vital to regional communities like the Goldfields.
“This online portal will increase opportunities for those businesses to work with our members and mining operations in the region, and will also help them to better connect and collaborate with each other.
“Our members always look to spend locally and this initiative will provide more avenues to do so, helping them plan for future tenders and procurements.”